Photograph, The

Featured In Issue 250, June/July 2020

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Stella Meghie
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Full of passion and emotion, "The Photograph" follows the story of a young woman, Mae (Rae), whose mother, a famed photographer, passes away and leaves her with tons of unanswered questions. In her journey to finding out more about her own origins, Mae stumbles upon not only a letter and photos her mother left behind, but also an unexpected and powerful romance with an up-and-coming journalist (Stanfield). (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Shooting The Photograph," "Culture In Film," and "The Film Through Photographs"; and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Panavision® and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The palette is densely saturated with vivid colors. Hues are intensely packed but beautiful, as they are rich and warm and retain accuracy in interior and exterior lighting conditions. Fleshtones are perfectly accurate throughout. Contrast is well balanced and naturally extended. Black levels are deep and solid with revealing shadow delineation. Lighting appears normal in both outdoor and interior scenes, with spot lighting delivering beautiful color definition. Resolution is excellent, exhibiting fine detail and texture in objects, settings, and facial features, especially in closeups. Even distant cityscapes exhibit excellent clarity. This is a very filmic-appearing picture with vivid colors and contrasting production design that is compelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Digital™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with a strong music score, including jazz that occupies a wide and deep soundstage, extending to the four surrounds. Atmospherics are nicely defining of the production settings in New York and Louisiana and sound realistic. Sound effects are subdued except for a wonderful thunderous rain storm in one scene that provides an effective background to the story. The bass foundation is never exaggerated. Foley sound effects are realistic throughout. Dialogue is the focus and is positioned frontal with a forward presence. The dialogue is a bit chesty sounding. Overall, this is an effective holosonic® soundtrack with an enveloping surround field and lots of intense music. (Gary Reber)